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Copeland To Use God Given Talent

  Champion javelin thrower and Pacific Games gold medalist Leslie Copeland is hoping to make the finals of the 2016 Olympic Games. The 28-year-old Tavua native who has represented Fiji
30 Jul 2016 12:26
Copeland To Use God Given Talent
Vito Luita, Team Fiji's Leslie Copeland, coach James Goulding, Joe Rodan jnr and Arthur Lanyon at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

Champion javelin thrower and Pacific Games gold medalist Leslie Copeland is hoping to make the finals of the 2016 Olympic Games.

The 28-year-old Tavua native who has represented Fiji for the past 12 years knows that competition is going to be tough.

“But please be reminded that on the day anything can happen,” he said.

“Everything has been going great so far and I’m excited to be going to Rio. I’m aiming to get into the finals and to get there one must throw over 83 metres which would give the thrower an automatic-qualification into the finals.

“If nobody manages to throw that far they’ll then pick the top 12 based on the furthest throws made. My personal best is 81.76 metres so I’m really hoping to hit that 83 mark in Brazil.”

Copeland was not concerned with how famous or well-known some of his opponents may be and instead mentioned that all those things get pushed to the side at the end.

“When I go and compete names and things like that don’t matter to me. At the end of the day it’s a level playing field. For example in the last Olympics the world champion came last and a junior came out with the gold medal so anything can happen on the day.

“It’s going to be a tough competition and only the best go to the Olympics. The talent that I have is a gift from God, if I don’t use it I’ll lose it and I want to make the most of it. My family and coach James (Goulding) have always been behind me from the very beginning.”

 Edited by Leone Cabenatabua.

Feedback:  leone.cabenatabua@fijisun.com.fj

 

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